5 Stocks Boosting The Real Estate Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 91 points (0.6%) at 15,561 as of Thursday, July 18, 2013, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,136 issues advancing vs. 784 declining with 110 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.5%. Top gainers within the industry include LaSalle Hotel Properties ( LHO), up 5.4%, Corporate Office Properties ( OFC), up 3.5%, Nationstar Mortgage Holdings ( NSM), up 2.8%, Taubman Centers ( TCO), up 1.4% and Duke Realty ( DRE), up 1.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Gazit-Globe ( GZT), down 2.5%, Brookfield Residential Properties ( BRP), down 1.6%, Annaly Capital Management ( NLY), down 1.1% and American Capital Agency ( AGNC), down 0.9%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

5. General Growth Properties ( GGP) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, General Growth Properties is up $0.16 (0.8%) to $21.41 on light volume. Thus far, 781,657 shares of General Growth Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $21.17-$21.44 after having opened the day at $21.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.25.

General Growth Properties, Inc. operates as a real estate investment trust in the United States. It operates in two segments, Retail and Other, and Master Planned Communities. General Growth Properties has a market cap of $20.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 7.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate General Growth Properties a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates General Growth Properties as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and increase in stock price during the past year. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins. Get the full General Growth Properties Ratings Report now.

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